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School for Scoundrels (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 March 1960 (UK)
Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college ... See full summary »

Directors:

Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Stephen Potter (novels), Patricia Moyes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Carmichael ... Henry Palfrey
Terry-Thomas ... Raymond Delauney
Alastair Sim ... Mr. S. Potter
Janette Scott ... April Smith
Dennis Price ... Dunstan
Peter Jones ... Dudley
Edward Chapman ... Gloatbridge
John Le Mesurier ... Head Waiter
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Stringer
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... General
Hattie Jacques ... 1st Instructress
Hugh Paddick Hugh Paddick ... Instructor
Barbara Roscoe ... 2nd Instructress
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Proudfoot
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Fleetsnod (as Monty Landis)
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Storyline

Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college run by "Professor" Potter and discovers the secrets of success. But has he the courage to put all his lessons into effect? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Or how to win without actually cheating See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating See more »

Filming Locations:

Lambeth, London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The 'Bellini' sports car driven by Terry-Thomas in the film is in reality the actual Aston Martin DB3S which was once driven by Sterling Moss in the Mila Migilia and has been valued recently at £7 million. See more »

Goofs

The neon sign outside the restaurant is wrongly spelled "Camelia Room". The menu shows the correct spelling, Camellia. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Potter: Just remember, if you're not one up on the other fellow, then he's one up on you.
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Connections

Remade as School for Scoundrels (2006) See more »

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Terry-Thomas at his caddish best!
17 June 2000 | by mcgoverngarrettSee all my reviews

I first saw this film about ten years ago and in that time I must have seen it two hundred times.It stands for everything great in British comedy.It tells the story of a young man who always seems to come a cropper in the lifeman stakes.He joins classes for one-upmanship and turns into an arrogant idiot.

Alastair Sim is at his lugrubious best.Terry-Thomas plays the bounder to a tee with some wonderful lines.If I have one gripe it's the casting of Ian Carmichael in the lead role.Leslie Philips would have been much better But that's a personal choice.

Now I'm off to watch it again for the two hundred and first time!


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